Antrel Rolle expresses frustration over team's lack of toughness vs. Eagles

On Monday, Antrel Rolle was one of a few Giants players who expressed some frustration after Sunday night's 17-10 home loss to the rival Philadelphia Eagles. The safety said he didn't think the Giants responded as they should have after the Eagles came out physical and that changes are in store going forward.

"There’s a lot of things that rubbed me the wrong way and I don’t like the way we responded to it," Rolle said.

"At the end of the day, you play within the lines, you play within the rules, but you don’t take [stuff] from nobody at the end of the day. And that’s my attitude. You don’t take [stuff]from anybody and last night I felt like we took a little bit. Like I said, man, I don’t know what’s going to change and I don’t know how it’s going to change, but in order for us to be where we want to go, things are definitely about to change."

Rolle didn't go as far as to say that the Giants played soft on Sunday, but he didn't think they were exactly tough either, especially after given their success earlier in the season.

"I don’t think we’re playing soft," he said. "I think guys are out there flying around and we’re playing extremely hard. I don’t think we played to the standards that we know we could play. I don’t think we played with as much toughness as I know we can play. I didn’t see that same intensity as when we went out there and played the Patriots. I didn’t see that."

For Rolle, the Giants' lack of toughness was exemplified when Eli Manning took a couple hits following his first interception and his team didn't respond as he believes they should have.

"You don’t want to do anything foolish, you don’t want to do anything stupid," he said, "but I think there’s a way for you to send a message and still stay between the lines at the end of the day. But that’s something we didn’t see. I don’t know. At the end of the day we have to put our foot down. We have to make it to the point where teams fear us, where receivers fear coming across the middle, where we’re a feared opponent."

Rolle wasn't alone. Both Justin Tuck and Chris Canty expressed similar frustration. We'll have more on that later on.

Click here to order Antrel Rolle’s proCane Rookie Card.

Bookmark and Share
blog comments powered by Disqus